Agree with most of what you said and thanks for saying it. I need a life-threatening reason and a clear background. It has to be both urgent and important to disregard the clear background! I think people need to be taught the NRA safety course in school along with a course on ballistics. If they can justify "planned" parenthood they can justify personal firearm safety.
Not starting THAT debate on such a site as this, but I will allow myself to say that I disagree with you on that last part. I grew up hunting and was exposed to long guns at an early age. Not all people are/were. However, "we" can not and should not "madate" gun safety classes or training onto people (kids) who express NO interest in learning such. Guns are NOT for everyone, nor should they be. Driving classes are not mandatory for people who do not wish to drive. That being said, we ALL have the equipment needed and prudent to become planned or unplanned parents. I for one was better served by the "Basket of Protection" in the school nurses' office by any school-run gun safety class that could have existed. I had far better control over my Browning during my teenage years... especially during The Rut. :)
To steer the thread a bit more back onto course, let me say this... I think if courses did a FEW things, just a FEW, contrary to trying to squeeze every last dollar out of a sunny day, then this would likely become a Thread or Conversation that's not even needed. How about courses spread just a little more time in between tee times to avoid the jamming up of people (especially on the weekends) and I would also love to see course bars and grills be little more proactive in "cutting people off."
Drunk people are annoying enough. I know because sometime I am one :) (never on the course!) Stuck behind a group of drunks for 5-plus hours on a golf course is no fun. Playing in front of the same drunk group can be even worse sometimes (hitting into you, talking obnoxiously and loudly, etc.) and these are the instances where I have witnessed, been apart of, and intervened on the course when things were getting a bit to damn "real" for a leisurely game.
And don't even get me started on the guys who leave the course after drinking during the round like it's their last day on earth and then feel the need to have a good power hour at the clubhouse bar before setting their vehicle's course to "General Motoring Public." Want the "cop" in me to come out while I'm off-duty, wearing a polo and shorts... make it obvious you're intoxicated and attempting to leave. Self-absorbed jackass. Oh you're a member? Great... then you can afford to fix the tires I just flattened.
Guns and alcohol don't mix? No. They don't. But neither does alcohol, 90 degree days, 6 minute tee times, rangers and starters doing nothing, slow play, and courses that are overly greedy for all your money. Combine ALL of those with egos and you'll see more and more smokewagons being brandished around the tee boxes and fringes.